Monday, November 22, 2021

Virtual Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: The House on Crow Mountain by Rebecca Lee Smith @rbeccaleesmith @GoddessFish

The House on Crow Mountain

by Rebecca Lee Smith

GENRE: Mystery


When her aunt suffers a stroke, New York portrait artist Emory Austen returns home to the North Carolina mountains to mend fences and deal with the guilt over her husband’s senseless death. But that won’t be as easy as she hoped.

Someone in the quirky little town doesn’t like Emory. Is it the sexy architect who needs the Austen land to redeem himself? The untrustworthy matriarch? The grudge-bearing local bad boy? Or the teenage bombshell who has raised snooping to an art form? Even the local evangelist has something to hide. Who wrote the cryptic note warning her to “Give it back or you’ll be dead?” And what is ‘it’? As the clues pile up and secrets are exposed, Emory must discover what her family has that someone would kill for.

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Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.

Fat chance of that.” I glanced up from the tiny sticker someone had stuck to the dashboard of my rental car and focused on the narrow winding road. I’d kept the little Ford Fiesta ten miles under the speed limit all the way in from the airport, and the drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains had still been one mini-adrenaline rush after another.

I pulled into a foggy scenic overlook, bemoaning the fact there was zero cell service, and grabbed the map I’d picked up at the North Carolina Welcome Center. I reached for the bag of candy I used to keep myself calm and selected a dark chocolate square, perilously warm from sitting too near the heating vent. With two miles and six switchbacks to go, I risked the inevitable mess it would cause and tore the foil open with my teeth.

One single drop of dark raspberry chocolate dripped onto the center of the map. One tiny dark red dot. Just like the one that had been sitting in the middle of Kent’s forehead when the coroner rolled him over on his back.

I shoved the memory out of my head—something I had gotten decidedly better at in the last two months—and tossed the map on the seat.

It had been a long day.

And it was about to get longer.

My Review:

Emory Austen returns to her home in the North Carolina mountains after the death of her husband. Emory’s Aunt Pris has had a stroke and she has returned to take care of her. Well, that is if she will let her after she wakes, if she does awake that is. Emory hasn’t been home in a while as her Aunt ran her off a long time ago telling her not to come back.

After Emory’s arrival in town, she is awakened in the middle of the night to smoke in the house. When Emory tries to flee the fire she is hit over the head and her purse is taken. When her purse is found nothing has been taken. Later she finds a note that said Give it back or you'll be dead. Who left the note? Give what back? What does the note mean?

There are quite a few suspects as to who could have left her the note as there are a few people in town that doesn’t like her but what did she have that he, she, or they wanted back? Did she have what they thought she had? Or maybe her Aunt Pris was the one holding the prize.

The House on Crow Mountain was a very engaging story that drew me in from the first page. Once I picked up The House on Crow Mountain there was no way I could put it down until I had read the whole story.

I had to know what it was that Emory was supposed to have and who wanted it. Why did they want it so bad? The suspense was eating me alive so much so that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. What was so important that someone was willing to kill for it?

The House on Crow Mountain was like watching a movie. I could see each and every scene as it played out. I could see all the characters as the descriptions made them come alive right on the page.

The House on Crow Mountain is the first book by Rebecca Lee Smith that I have read and I can’t wait to check out more of her novels.

I would recommend The House on Crow Mountain to all mystery and suspense fans! One-click your copy of The House on Crow Mountain today!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Rebecca lives with her husband and a dog named Wilbur in the beautiful, misty mountains of East Tennessee, where the people are charming, soulful, and just a little bit crazy. She's been everything from a tax collector to a stay-at-home-mom to an award winning professional actor and director. She loves to travel the world (pre-pandemic) because it makes coming home so sweet. Her Southern roots and the affectionate appreciation she has for the rural towns she lives near inspire the settings and characters she writes about.

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Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the review, sounds good.

Stormy Vixen said...

House of Crow sounds like a great read for me and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks Avid Reader for sharing your great review! Have a wonderful holiday season!

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pippirose said...

The House of Crow Mountain sounds very intriguing. I've put this book on my reading list, and can't wait to read it!